Innovation Review

Monthly information on a variety of economic, business, and technology related legal news as well as highlights and profiles of resources and events across New York state.


News From The Center


Spotlight on Chris Horacek

The New York State Science own Chris Horacek was profiled in FuzeHub’s most recent “Ask an Expert” blog post. As the Commercialization Expert for the NYSSTLC and Project Advisor for the Innovation Law Center (ILC), Horacek highlighted the Law Center in his interview with FuzeHub and discussed its three main areas of operation: intellectual property, market research, and product regulations. Additionally, Horacek discussed the significance of obtaining a patent for IP protection versus use of trade secrets, and how the NYSSTLC assists companies in deciding which decision is right for their specific needs. To learn more about Horacek, the NYSSTLC and IP law, click here.


A Case Study in Compliance

Ph.D. Maria Nieves Calvo Vidal writes about the challenges academic medical centers face in working with faculty and board members to spin out tech companies. The article looks at the laws board members need to be aware of when licensing out medical center technology, especially when the technology stems from patient information. To learn more, click here.


NYSSTLC Update: Xallent

Over the past few years, the New York State Science and Technology Law Center has worked with a variety of companies to help advance their operations. One such business is Xallent, a technology company developing proprietary nanoscale measurement hardware and software tools for imaging, testing and analyzing semiconductors and thin film materials. Xallent has now worked with the Law Center twice, and since the partnership, has grown in its operations. Most recently, Xallent announced that it has begun commercial shipments of its DARIUS Nanoprober, an innovative technology that offers simple, fast and reliable characterization in thin film and semiconductor testing. Additionally, Xallent has secured funding and resources from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to continue developing new technology. To learn more about Xallent, click here.


IP/Regulatory Law Watch


US Patent System Jumps to Tie for Second Place in International IP Index

On February 7, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) named the United States the top intellectual property regime in the world when the latest version of the International IP Index was released. The Index assesses the top 50 global intellectual property environments. In addition to its number one overall ranking, the US improved from twelfth place to second place in terms of patent rights. The improved ranking is a result of US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reforms to patent review systems in federal court. To learn more about the United States’ rankings in the International IP Index, click here.


Revolving Doors and Regulatory Capture

Conflicts of interest frequently arise when public sector employees employed in agencies such as the patent office work with law firms in which they aim to work for. Evidence demonstrates that as the public sector employees monitor and regulate the private companies, they provide more favorable treatment to those that they ultimately are hired by. In the patent context, the phenomenon lowers the quality of the patents coming from the agency. To learn more about the conflict of interest between the public sector employees and private firms, click here.


Around New York State


Medical Device Innovation Challenge Accepting Applications

The 2019 Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC) at CNY Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC) is now accepting applications through May 31, 2019. Funded by NYS Empire State Development, the competition provides research and development opportunities to its chosen participants. These include 6-months of free workspace at CNYBAC; access to SUNY Upstate Medical University research and clinical experts; and resource assistance and networking opportunities through the Syracuse Innovation Connectors ecosystem, among a variety of other benefits. To learn more about the Medical Device Innovation Challenge and apply, click here.


FuzeHub Manufacturing Grants Application Open

The application for FuzeHub’s Manufacturing Grants is now open and will accept entries until February 28, 2019. The program is designed to foster collaboration between companies and non-profits in New York State that operate in the manufacturing industry. Funded by the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, the grants aim to bring success to early-stage small and medium size manufacturing and technology companies and aid in the development of enhanced products and services, new manufacturing processes, and technology transfer. To learn more about the Manufacturing Grants competition, click here. To apply, click here.


Around New York State: Spotlight On Mid-Hudson


This month the Innovation Review explores the Mid-Hudson region. The region, strategically bordering New York City and major Northeast markets, boasts a plethora of development opportunities and a diverse economy. Additionally, the Mid-Hudson offers strong infrastructure and interconnectivity. An innovation hub, there have been over 12,000 patents awarded and over $500 million invested in the region over the past six years. The Mid-Hudson regions offers more than 30 higher-education institutions, including Sarah Lawrence College and Marist College, that contribute to its workforce of 1 million. Biotech and life sciences, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing are at the center of the region’s economy. Its business environment provides home to cutting-edge research centers and incubators, including the Manufacturing and BioInc@NY Medical College. Below is a summary of some of the region’s top centers and programs.


Manufacturing & Technology Enterprise Center

The Manufacturing is a New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) located in Highland, NY. Founded in 1988, the MTEC aims to grow businesses through its network of expert engineers, scientists, programmers, and manufacturers. Its services include product development, application strategy, prototype design, and value chain optimization. Additionally, the Center is the official representative of the MEP National Network in the Hudson Valley. Its current clients include companies in pharma, aerospace engineering, security systems, and agriculture. To learn more about the Manufacturing & Technology Enterprise Center, click here.


Incubation, Commercialization and Acceleration Network of New York

The Incubation, Commercialization and Acceleration Network of New York (iCANny) is the official New York State Clean Tech Certified Business Incubator. Serving the Mid-Hudson region between Westchester and Albany, iCANny is the oldest continually operating business and technology incubator. The incubator helps businesses accelerate the commercialization of their products or services, including energy, cleantech, fintech, medtech and information technology. iCANny offers a group of experts in marketing, operations, finance and business planning, and additional resources including co-working spaces. To learn more about the Incubation, Commercialization and Acceleration Network of New York, click here.


The Accelerator Powered by the Orange County IDA

The Accelerator is a New York State Certified Business Incubator and Innovation Hotspot focused on bringing manufacturing to the Mid-Hudson Valley. Located in New Windsor and Middletown, the incubator aims to attract manufacturing-based businesses to the region and assist by providing below-market occupancy costs, workforce training, mentoring programs, and access to a network of experts, among a plethora of other resources. The Accelerator works with companies in fashion design and production, bottling, artisan manufacturing, etc., and offers both on- and off-site clientele opportunities. To learn more about The Accelerator, click here.


BioInc@NY Medical College

BioInc@NY Medical College (BioInc@NYMC) is a New York State Certified Business Incubator and Innovation Hotspot and the region’s only biotechnology incubator. Located at New York Medical College, a health sciences-focused college campus, BioInc@NYMC provides equipment, facilities and resources for high-potential biotech/medtech entrepreneurs and startups. The incubator helps businesses move from initial conception to product development to final execution, and aims to transform the biotechnology industry through research and innovation. Its current clients include Affina Biotechnologies, Retia Medical and SHY Therapeutics. To learn more about BioInc@NY Medical College, click here.



University of Rochester

NSF-L Corps Short Course

February 22-March 8, 2019 – University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

University of Rochester will host a free, 2-week I-Corps short course from Friday, March 22 to Friday, March 8. Targeted at STEM field researchers and student entrepreneurs, the course will cover market opportunity, real-world challenges, and customer-based learning. Additionally, it will provide entrepreneurial training. To learn more about the I-Corps Short Course, click here. To apply, click here.


Ignite Buffalo JobCade

March 7, 2019 – 500 Seneca, Buffalo, NY

On Thursday, March 7, Ignite Buffalo will host its inaugural JobCade from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The recruiting event will host a variety of businesses looking to fill more than 200 internships and jobs ranging from entry-level to executive roles. The event will include face-to-face meetings with prospective employers, resume and interview advice, networking opportunities, and free headshot photos. JobCade is free to attend and no pre-registration is necessary. To learn more about JobCade, click here.


Biotech I-Corps Short Course

March 15-29, 2019 – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Cornell University will host the Biotech I-Corps Short Course from Friday, March 15 to Friday, March 29. The free course will feature entrepreneurship training for researchers and scientists and provide coaching from industry experts. To learn more about the I-Corps Short Course, click here. To apply, click here.


Workforce Development Solutions Forum

March 19, 2019 – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Utica, NY

FuzeHub will host the Workforce Development Solutions Forum on Tuesday, March 19, from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The event will cover and provide resources for attracting talent, employee retention, skill growth and expansion. Additionally, the forum will feature key presentations and one-on-one meetings to assist companies in technological knowledge advancement, and offer networking opportunities and access to an industry expert panel. To learn more about the Workforce Development Solution Forum, click here. To register, click here.

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CFES Technology Conference

On April 10, 2019, the RPI Center for Future Energy System (CFES) will host its annual technology conference. The event, which will run all day, features three parallel tracks: advanced energy material technologies; solar and wind devices; and integration of distributed and offshore energy resources. To learn more about the CFES Technology Conference, click here.


E^3 Early Stage and Angel Investor Conference and NY Business Plan Competition

April 25 – 26, 2019 – Sage Armory, Albany, NY

This two-day event will feature opportunities for angel investment groups to learn about best practices, and on April 26th, an Entrepreneurship Expo and pitch day from top students teams across New York on April 26th. Students will pitch at the annual NY Business Planning Competition. To learn more about the E cubed conference and business planning competition, click here.


Li-Ion Cells Manufacturing Seminar

June 20-21, 2019 – RIT Battery Prototyping Center, Rochester, NY

The RIT Battery Prototyping Center and Shmuel De-Leon Energy will host an educational battery seminar on June 20-21, 2019. The event will feature scientific lectures on battery materials and technology, and hands-on training in manufacturing technology. Academic and industry experts will be present at the seminar and participate in the practical training. To learn more about the Li-Ion Cells Manufacturing Seminar, click here.

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